Research in Functional Urology
Functional Urology includes very common conditions like urinary incontinence, overactive bladder and benign (non-cancer) prostate disease.
The Bristol Urologial Institute is involved in research that is trying to understand how we can improve the quality of life of men and women who suffer from these conditions. The research spans from laboratory research to try to understand exactly how the brain controls the bladder through new questionnaires and what are the best tests to use for diagnosis, to what is the best operation for incontinence in men. Some of our research funding comes from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)-Health Technology Assessment (HTA) program.
The BUI is very proud to have been have been awarded three major grants, to conduct three multi-centre national trials involving men with lower urinary tract symptoms. These include a study comparing artificial urinary sphincters and male slings for men with stress urinary incontinence, a second study to compare traditional endoscopic prostate surgery to thulium laser for men with benign enlarged prostates, and finally the third study is to see if urodynamics is needed before benign prostate surgery in men.
Research in Urology Cancers
The BUI is the busiest urology cancer centre in the country. We are centre of excellence for robotic and open surgery for the treatment of prostate, bladder, renal, testicular and penile cancer. However, research is an essential part of our work so that advances can be made that bring our patients better outcomes from their disease.
We strive to ensure that our research projects address important questions which exist concerning all aspects of the treatment of patients with these cancers. We are involved in basic science research with our colleagues in both University of Bristol and the University of the West of England